The American Cancer Society is out with an annual report on lung cancer....a disease of special note for Alabama because Governor Kay Ivey has been treated for a cancer on one of her lungs. The report notes:
The five-year survival rate of lung cancer, which was 21.7% nationally, also varied by state -- ranging from 26.4% in Connecticut to 16.8% in Alabama, according to the report.
I wish nothing but a long remainder of her life for the Governor, but the report suggests only 16.8% of Alabama residents diagnosed with lung cancer will survive for five years. The majority will not.
As much as 90% of lung cancers are attributed to smoking.
Was the Governor ever a smoker? I have not seen that information in public anywhere.
I don't know why the question has apparently not been asked. That information could convince a young Alabamian not to start smoking...or to quit if they already smoke.
(As I have noted in previous posts about the Governor's lung cancer diagnosis, I smoked for decades and quit almost twenty years ago. My health is excellent, as I hope is the Governor's.)